- Air Quality
- Obtaining a Permit
Obtaining a Permit
Businesses may be required to apply for and obtain an Permit to Install (PTI) or a Permit to Install and Operate (PTIO) prior to installing a new emissions unit. Businesses may be required to apply for or renew an expired Permit to Operate (PTO) in order to continue operating an existing emissions unit. The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency's Environmental Compliance Specialists forward permit recommendations to the Ohio EPA who issues all permits.
More permitting information can be found on the Ohio EPA Permit webpage.
Information regarding air permits that have been issued in Butler, Hamilton, Clermont, Clinton, and Warren counties is available through a variety of online resources. Notifications of permit applications received by the Agency, which includes the name and location of the business and a description of the application, are published in the online Weekly Review. In addition, a county-by-county listing of air permits issued by Ohio EPA is published in the online Weekly Review. Electronic copies of issued air permits in pdf format are made available by Ohio EPA in a searchable online database.
Ohio EPA also maintains a Facility Permit Application Database that provides online access to permit applications of high public interest and/or significant air emissions impact, usually large manufacturing facilities, chemical processing facilities, or electrical utilities.
If you have questions about an issued permit or permit application, please call 513-946-7777.
If a facility is in violation of its air permit requirements, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency issues a Notice of Violation (NOV). NOVs are certified letters sent to companies identifying air quality rule violations and requiring the company to end the violation and/or submit a plan to resolve the violation. If a facility has been issued a NOV and the violation is substantial (serious) or compliance cannot be achieved within a short period of time, Enforcement Action Referrals (EARs) are prepared and submitted to the OEPA for final resolution. Violation of permit requirements can result in fines or additional controls.
When businesses in a county apply for a permit, Ohio EPA will public notice receipt of the application. A public notice describing that permit is placed in the local newspaper for that county, as well as on the EPA’s website. In some cases, Ohio EPA will issue a draft permit. Once the draft permit is publicly noticed, it starts a 30-day public commentary period.
To search public notices, visit the Ohio EPA's website. If you have questions about a notice, please contact the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency at 513-946-7777.